The Snowman Stampede: Light Up the Night 5k


Light shows that dazzle with miles of twinkling scenes through area parks are some of the most anticipated delights of the holiday season. And this year you can enjoy one in a whole new way: The first ever Snowman Stampede: Light Up the Night 5k! On December 7, all ages are invited to run or walk through the Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA — a brilliant family-friendly kick off to the holiday season.

There will be a 5k race through the light show starting at 5:30pm as well as a one-mile dash for all ages at 4:30pm. The race will go through the entire show and end at a holiday village filled with carolers, hot chocolate, hayrides, and more — participants are highly encouraged to not only run the race, but to stay afterwards for the holiday festivities, too! Children and adults of all ages will enjoy this unique experience.


Register today at and use promo code KidFriendlyDC to receive $10 off registration for the 5k race! This coupon code is exclusive to KFDC readers.

This race is being produced by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, a non-profit sports commission that strives to bring unique sporting events to the Washington, DC, area. The GWSA hosts various events throughout the year and is pleased to introduce the Snowman Stampede to its lineup this year. For more information about the Sports Alliance, visit They look forward to seeing you at the starting line!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, however, I only promote activities, events, and services that I sincerely enjoy and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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2 Responses to The Snowman Stampede: Light Up the Night 5k

  1. Heather Suri

    We attended this event last night. We were able to get past the total disorganization of the event and enjoy the lights and the night air. But I was expecting carolers and hayrides, not a carnival! We were not prepared to drop another load of cash on rides after paying the race fees. Loved the concept, and next year we will know what to expect. Did you go? How was it for you?

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Hi Heather – We weren’t able to go, but thanks for your feedback on the event. It was the first year for it, so hopefully it will run better in the future with some experience to draw from. It sounded like it had a lot of potential to be really fun.

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